“Iron Man” was the first Marvel movie to set the stage for the slew of films leading up to “The Avengers” hitting AMC Theatres in May. While the goal is to return to single character stories after The Avengers, some familiar faces will return for the 3rd installment in the Iron Man film series.
Slashfilm has some info from the casting sheet for Iron Man 3 and it sheds some light on who will be returning:
Two-time Academy Award nominated Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his roles as as Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man. Scarlett Johansson will return from “Iron Man 2? playing Natasha Romanoff aka “The Black Widow”, and Gwyneth Paltrow plays Stark’s closest friend, love interest, and business partner Pepper Potts. Don Cheadle, who replaced Terrence Howard after the first “Iron Man”, returns as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes – Stark’s personal pilot, chief aviation engineer for Stark International, and one of Stark’s closest friends.
Multi talented actor, screenwriter and film director Shane Black is taking over the directing duties from Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films in the “Iron Man” series. Black also is writing the screenplay for “iron Man 3? with Drew Pierce and Robert Downey Jr’s creative input. He recently said not to expect “Iron Man 3? to feature any other heroes from Marvel’s universe saying that after “The Avengers” the plan is to go back to self-contained single-character stories. Shane Black has directed Robert Downey Jr. before – in Black’s last feature film directing job “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in 2005.
Shooting will take place in the Wilmington, NC area and other locations in North Carolina from May 21, 2012 through September 7, 2012. The film’s main stars are being cast out of Los Angeles, however many supporting and day player acting roles will be cast in North Carolina. All of the extras, photo-doubles and stand-ins for the films stars will be cast in North Carolina. The production will create 550 “high-quality, well-paying jobs” and 1,000 talent opportunities in N.C.
So good news for Black Widow fans. Hopefully we also see some more of War Machine in the 3rd installment.
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